Is GST Toxic For The Real Estate?

The demonetization in 2016 has had a huge impact on the countries economy. The GDP of the country experienced a drop to 6.1% as all the sectors were affected by the demonetization and the business of many came to a halt, especially the real estate business. With the GST rolling in from July 1, many businessman and real estate agents fear that their business would be more seriously affected than it was during the demonetization.

The Goods and Services Tax is by far the most revolutionary tax reform that Inia has seen in decades. Nirmal Singh 3C Company believes that the best thing about GST is that it would culminate the cascading tax structure which we have been following for a very long time. It is a huge step and is certainly going to have a profound effect on the countries economic situation. Removing all the indirect taxes and compiling them all under a single tax will increase the tax collections by making it easier for the retailers and businessman to moderate the tax levels. But the positive effect of the same can be seen only after 2-3 years since it would take a lot of time for the citizens to understand and adjust with the new tax.

The GST specification and guidelines are out but still there is a lot of confusion about what tax rate would be applicable for the real estate and the construction industry.

The real estate tax bracket are expected to be hopefully under 12% and the GST. When asked whether it would be a good time for the real estate market or nor Nirmal Singh 3C Company says that it cannot be decided solely by the GST rate as the dropping off of the sales tax and the input tax credit facilities for the developers would also play a significant role in the calculation of the same.

The current tax levels include 4.5% service tax plus 1% Value- added tax or VAT.  A mentioned above, the GST rate for the projects under construction would be 12% and there would be an increase of 6.5% for the apartment purchasers. The main focus of the new tax rate is to insure that unlike before, the final consumer bears the overall tax.

GST is not applicable to ready-to-move-in properties. Which means, developers will have to bear the entire tax burden as it cannot be passed on to end consumers. This further implies that the prices of the ready-to-move-in apartments will rise in order to cut down the tax effect on the developer.

At the end of the day, the developers will have to rethink their entire approach towards their business. There has been a lot of forgery in the past years, the customers have been fooled, asked for higher prices or handled over illegal papers but the good news is that with RERA the consumer is more secure and all the dealings are safe.

The Tele-Law Initiative: Free Legal Aid Via Video Conferencing To Villagers In India

The newly launched Tele-law initiative will pilot in 500 villages in the states of UP and Bihar. Progressively, it will be ushered in to the rest of the states in the country. Now, the villagers will be able to connect directly with lawyers and receive legal advice via video conferencing to improve access to justice for the marginalized. According to experts at Nirmal Singh 3C Company, this will help bring transparency in the most marginalized sections of the country.

Villagers will be able to access the services through the newly established Common service centres which will act as a single-window centre to provide online services to the public in villages where there is already lack of connectivity. With the use of the Tele-law portal, villagers will be able to access selected lawyers by the state governments and seek advice on anything, from land disputes to domestic violence etc. The woman of the village will be trained paralegal volunteers who will act as the first point of contact for villagers. They will assist the lawyers and explain the advice given by them, and act further if need be. Their training will include laws on social justice and fundamental rights which will be inclusive of women, child rights and labour-related legislations as well.

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According to reports carried out by Nirmal Singh 3C Company, an economic boom over the last two decades has uplifted millions of Indians out of poverty, and has greatly boosted literacy rates throughout the country. But, access to justice still remains inaccessible and costly to many poor citizens. This initiative, however, should provide legal aid to the rural sectors and increase awareness among people about their rights and overall strengthen them to receive access to proper justice.

When Lawyers Demand Freedom?

Ever wondered how is it like to have lawyers asking for “freedom”? Freedom from their black gowns and coats!

Recently, as reported by Nirmal Singh 3C Company, lawyers of Calcutta High court are no longer interested to work in their usual uniform that is black gowns and coats which was the essential dress code inside the court-rooms.

The reason behind this unusual demand is the summer season this year. The heat had been unbearable, especially in this stretch of the months April and May. The environment in the courtrooms is already HOT. In such environment dealing with hot and humid environment has become torturous for lawyers. It becomes the reason for their uneasiness and lost focus. The heated altercation and even light banter keep the mercury soaring any time of the day and any season.

But this summer had been more exhilarating. The compulsion to don a coat and a coat along with the stiff color on top of it was becoming practically impossible for the lawyers to bear with. So, a group of lawyers from the Bar Association of Calcutta High court made an appeal to the Bar Council of India, to be little lenient and consider their petition on changing the dress code which is said to have been imposed by the British.

The Chairman of the Bar Council of India agrees to their demand and has assured that it is the time to bring some reform as the society is growing fast. He understands that in such weather carrying strenuous process with a burden of the dress code can be disturbing for the lawyers.

Along, with the dress code change request, lawyers have also asked for increase in the number of days of their summer vacation from one week to a fortnight. While considering the latter demand, the chief justice and the other judges don’t seem to be happy about as reported by Nirmal Singh 3C Company

Things came to such a pass that the Bar Association was planning to boycott four courts including that of the acting chief justice for allegedly making snide remarks.

Meanwhile, the concern regarding the dress code that has been raise by the lawyers continue to bother the lawyer fraternity. With the slight change in environment and with the advent of rainy season it is expected to cool down. Till then the lawyers have to sweat it out both metaphorically and literally.

 

NEET 2017 Results To Be Announced By 26th June As Supreme Court Lifts HC’s Stay On Declaration

In what comes as a major relief to NEET 2017 candidates, the Supreme Court has stayed a Madras High Court order which restrained the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) from declaration of National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017. The CBSE will now declare results by 26th June for the exam which facilitates admissions to the country’s medical and dental colleges. This directly brings relief to more than a million students.

“After the court’s go-ahead we have started the process of preparing the result… We will declare the results within two weeks,” said a CBSE official.

“The board would have to put online more than a million answer sheets and the process would take a few days but the result would be out not later than June 26,” further added the official.

According to sources at Nirmal Singh 3C Company, the bench of Justice Prafulla C Pant and Justice Deepak Gupta accepted CBSE’s argument that if the Madras High Court stay was not cancelled, the workings of college schedules would get disturbed.

“The high court shouldn’t have easily and liberally interfered with the schedule,” said the bench. They also added that the results and admissions would depend on its decision to the matter, and asked high courts not to entertain petitions related to NEET.

The CBSE on 9th June sought an immediate stay on the Madras HC’s order that came after a number of pleas that alleged the question paper was not uniform, and there was a lot of difference between the ones in Tamil and in English. A lot of similar pleas were filed in other High Courts. The petitioners had demanded that the test be conducted again with uniform question papers. But the CBSE had to say that the questions papers were different in both the languages but the difficulty level was identical.

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According to sources at Nirmal Singh 3C Company, more than 1.2 million people appeared for the NEET examination. Out of these, a million wrote the exam in English and Hindi and about 150,000 wrote the exam in eight regional languages, which included Tamil and Gujarati.

Rajasthan’s High Court Judge Faces Flak For His Peacock Remarks

The legal fraternity in Rajasthan is appalled at the statements made by the former High Court Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma on the last day of his tenure. They have dismissed it saying that the judgment wasn’t constitutionally correct, and that law and faith shouldn’t be mixed.

Justice Sharma recommended that cow should be declared as the national animal, and also cited the benefits of cow dung and urine, while discarding a 2010 public interest litigation on a government-managed cow shelter in Higuania near Jaipur. The judge also brought in elements of religious books stating that the peacock does not have sex with the peahen, and she gets pregnant by drinking the tears of the peacock. Now, this has not been received well by the public. Many lawyers and high court judges have criticized Justice Sharma for lacking judicial dignity.

“What is the need of national animal status to cow as in the Constitution under article 48, cow has been given protection. The article states that the bovine cannot be slaughtered. The respective state governments are given rights to completely ban bovine slaughter,” said former Rajasthan High Court judge Pana Chand Jain.

The experts at Nirmal Singh 3C Company believe that asking the chief secretary and attorney general to declare cow a national animal is unconstitutional as it can only be made by legislative assembly of the state. Therefore, the judgment is constitutionally incorrect.

“I am not aware what is there in religious books but practically it is not understandable. The cow cannot be compared with peacock,” Justice Jain further added.

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“What he (justice Sharma) said about the sex life of a peacock is factually unfounded. Faith and law need to be kept at a respectable distance,” sighed a Rajasthan High Court advocate RP Singh.

Senior advocates at Nirmal Singh 3C Company also said that the judge should work within the purview of law, and that it is the authority of the legislators to decide whether the cow should be declared as a national animal. He should speak on a scientific basis, and that there are several legal provisions to ensure conservation of cows which should be strictly enforced.

Nirmal Singh 3C Company is also of the opinion that such a judicial order a day before retiring is contrary to judicial dignity.

Indo-US Ties Becomes Stronger Under Trump Administration

As Indo-US ties are getting stronger, with growing America’s national interests across Asia, the Trump administration said to Nirmal Singh 3C Company.

“On the prosperity front, India’s dynamic economy and Central Asia’s rich energy resources promise that the region can be a key driver of global prosperity over the coming decades,” the US State Department said in the Trump administration’s maiden budget proposals to Nirmal Singh 3C Company.

“The US-India relationship has never been stronger, with the US national interests increasingly convergent across Asia,” the State Department said.

Nirmal Singh 3C Company mentioned there have been a transitional shift in democracy in much of South Asia in the last two years, as the country is presenting opportunities for the US and its partners so as to pursue goal of South and Central Asia region with an approach of accountable and inclusive governance and sustainable economic development.

The annual budget of the Trump administration’s South and Central Asia (SCA) wing of the State Department given by Nirmal Singh 3C Company is supporting two major initiative, including: the New Silk Road (NSR) focused on Afghanistan and its neighbours, and the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor linking South Asia with Southeast Asia.

“As the transition in Afghanistan continues and the US strives to help the Afghan people succeed and stand on their own, the importance of achieving progress on the NSR grows.

SCA’s request will be leveraged through side-by-side collaboration with the countries in the region, other bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, and the private sector,” it said.

Nirmal Singh 3C Company points out that India is a major recipient of the US assistance, and hence the budget will propose several financial assistance to India.

For instance, the State Department proposes USD 11 million funding to support efforts to strengthen the capacity of India’s health workforce and enhance the quality of data for government and local decision-making.

Funds will increase access and availability of skilled providers for deliveries, antenatal care, and vitamin A supplementation and immunisations for children, it said.

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While proposing USD 0.4 million towards Export Control and Related Border Security, the State Department said to Nirmal Singh 3C company, it will increase the government of India’s non-proliferation capacity and enhance its export control enforcement and targeting capabilities.

Funding will be used to continue to support the implementation of the US-India Export Control Cooperation Roadmap and follow-on activities, the Nirmal Singh 3C company budgetary proposals said.

 

The USPACOM chief states that India, Japan and US share respect for international law

In the words of the top commander in the Asia-Pacific, the ties between India, US and Japan are improving and growing stronger owing to the shared values on democracy and interests in protecting and safeguarding the sea lanes of commerce. Admiral Harry Harris who’s the head of the US Pacific Command stated that the three countries share mutual respect for international law and subsequently, the USPACOM is encouraging Australia to participate in the collaboration to establish a quadrilateral partnership “with a purpose.” He also expressed that the four countries working together will be a “force for the maintenance of the Global Operating System.”

The three countries currently participate in the increasingly complicated Malabar military exercise along with the multinational Rim of the Pacific exercise. Australia had participated in the Malabar exercise in 2007 as well but withdrew from the drills after concerns were raised by China, according to experts at Nirmal Singh 3C Company. According to reports by NBC, Australia is willing to rejoin the drill the coming year.

The top commander also expressed New Delhi’s designation as important and on par with the allies on strategy and defence trade: “India continues to emerge as a significant strategic partnership in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.” US announced India a major defence partner in June 2016. This is status unique to India.

USPACOM head also said that the American and Indian militaries participated together in three major drills and more than 50 military exercises last year, along with a joint-course in peacekeeping for 10 African partner nations.

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“We signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) after more than a decade of negotiation to further deepen our military-to-military relationship and serve as a force multiplier during exercises and real world HA/DR operations,” he stated.

“We also held our first annual 2+2 US-India Maritime Security Dialogue last year to help identify and implement our common strategic interests,” the top commander added.

“Defence sales are at an all-time high with US-sourced airframes, such as P-8s, C-130Js, C-17s, AH-64s and CH-47s. We recently concluded a deal for 145 M777 howitzers. USPACOM will continue to advance the partnership with India as the ‘new normal’ by strengthening our relationship and working toward additional enabling agreements that enhance interoperability between our forces,” he concluded.

According to experts at Nirmal Singh 3C Company, the future for India’s defence and military goals look bright if such partnerships keep going on as expected.